Posted in essential oils, Recipes

Basil-Infused Pasta Primavera

I’m sure if you have read any of my blog you realize I have a love for pasta and enjoy making up recipes that would probably be laughed at by anyone that does it well, maybe I should leave it up to the experts but I can’t help myself with trying new things or fully embracing other peoples recipes that evolve pasta.

I may have a carb addiction or maybe I should just move to a country where I fit in with my love of all things pasta who knows but todays recipe is from a great cookbook “The Essential DIY Recipes of Essential Cooking” by Essential Educators. This is a great book if you want to try using essential oils in your cooking. I’m not going to get into the debate of essential oils and ingesting them but I would love to share some benefits of basil and how in essential oil it can help. A big tip when cooking with essential oil, always, always make sure the essential oil is pure, know where they get the oil from and a little goes a long way.

In todays recipe it uses not only the essential oil but fresh so you get benefits from both.

Basil’s name is derived from “basileum” the Greek name for king and the uses can vary from the Italian women wearing basil to attract possible suitors or the Hindu people put basil sprigs on the chest of their dead to protect them from evil spirits. While in the 16th century powdered basil leaves were inhaled to treat migraines and chest infections. The medical properties are amazing, it is a powerful antispasmodic (an agent to suppresses muscle spasms) , antibacterial (and who doesn’t need that) plus it can be used on insect bits ( hello summers coming)…it is so amazing such a good tasting herb that is widely used can be so helpful. You can even use it aromatically to help fight mental fatigue and yes, defusing it really helps I have noticed it is pretty fast acting too.

This recipe is quick and with summer around the corner with all the benefits of basil its one I couldn’t help but share, I hope you like it and please let me know if you made it.

Basil-infused pasta primavera:

1lb. of Farfalle or pasta of your choice

4-6 drops Basil essential oil ( I only used 4 because a little goes a LONG way)

2 cups Fresh Broccoli Florets

1 medium Red Onion, diced

3 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 cup Fresh Spinach, coarsely chopped

1 cup Cherry Tomatoes, quartered

Salt and Pepper to taste

Lemon Juice per taste

Grated Parmesan cheese for topping

2 Tablespoon minced fresh Basil for topping

Boil water for pasta. Add 4-6 drops of basil essential oil to the water. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse, and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté broccoli until just tender, about 7-10 minutes.

Combine pasta, broccoli, spinach, and cherry tomatoes in a serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Squirt the pasta primavera with lemon juice to taste, and then top with grated parmesan cheese and minced fresh basil.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

(Thanks to Essential oils pocket reference by Life Science. I use them so often but need to give a shout out, its such a helpful book if you want to know the benefits of essential oils.)

Posted in essential oils, Recipes

Honey Lime Chicken Tacos

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The cold that seems to be hanging on has me dreaming of warmer days and easy meals with fresh ingredients. So with my day-dream of warm weather I was trying to think up a good recipe to share that is easy and uses essential oils in it.

I couldn’t come up with anything, maybe the cold has got me stuck and unable to think of something good to make, so I decided to look in a great recipe book and found exactly what I was wanting but didn’t realize it. Todays recipe comes from a great little recipe book The Essential  DIY Recipe Series.

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I got it from Young Living but I’ sure you could find it any place online.

I am going to give the exact recipe for Honey Lime Chicken Tacos but when I make it for me or others that don’t eat meat I substitute the chicken with tofu and adjust the cooking time accordingly, so instead of hours I can do this in about 30 minutes because I use tofu.

Honey Lime Chicken Tacos

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Honey

1/4 Cup Lime Juice

2 Cups salsa Verde

2 Teaspoon of Taco Seasoning ( I use my own assortment of seasoning such as Chile, white and black pepper,onion and garlic powder, salt)

4-5 Chicken Breast ( or meatless option 2 14oz extra firm tofu)

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

4 Drops Lime Essential Oil

1 Drop Cumin

Garnish Ingredients:

Shredded Cheese

Sliced Avocado

Diced Tomato

Cilantro Leaves

Red Onion Slices

 

Instructions:

Stir together honey, lime juice, salsa verde and taco seasoning. If using chicken add a little of the sauce to the slow cooker (enough to coat the bottom) place chicken breast in the slow cooker and top with remaining sauce. Cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. When chicken is done shred with forks. Stir together the chicken, sauce, sour cream, and essential oils. Keep warm until ready to eat.

( For tofu,  drain tofu and remove all moisture out of tofu by covering tofu with towel and placing a heavy object on top for at least 10 minutes then cut into cubes. Pour small amount of sauce in a warm pan add cubed tofu and remaining sauce, sour cream and essential oils, simmer for about 20 minutes. I have done it this way and browned the tofu first then added sauce, either way this is a good substitute for chicken tacos.)

 

When serving fill corn taco shells or corn tortillas with chicken/tofu mixture and add the garnishes, enjoy.

 

Quick little tip when cooking with essential oils always remember not all oils are safe to ingest. You must always use high-quality pure therapeutic grade essential oils and ALWAYS read the label on the bottle to make sure it is safe to use internally.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in essential oils, great finds, Green Cleaning Tips, Health and beauty

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

My daughter always tells me I should clean my brushes and I must confess that I might do it once a year! I know, that sounds bad but in my defense my go to daily makeup routine is mascara and chapstick. I feel like a runway model when I use tinted moisturizer and as for contouring I don’t even have a clue.

So since I feel I have such limited use with my brushes I thought I could be lazy but I really shouldn’t, so when I read a cool green cleaning tip for makeup brushes (on Young Living)  I thought  for all of us that don’t clean them but should and those great people who do clean here is an easy to do DIY.

 

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Ingredients:
1 cup witch hazel
4 teaspoons liquid castile soap
5 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops Tea Tree essential oil

 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Store in a glass bottle.
How to clean your makeup brushes:
Pour half of the makeup brush cleaner into a cup.
Wet the bristles of the makeup brush by holding the brush vertically, bristles down, under running water.
Once the bristles are wet, dip them in the cleaning solution.
Using a textured surface, scrub the brush in a circular motion.
Repeat steps 3-5  or until makeup is completely out of the brush.
Rinse the brush until there are no more bubbles or soap in the bristles.
Gently squeeze excess water out of the brush and lay it flat to dry.

Toss used cleaner.

Posted in essential oils

DIY Bathtub Crayons

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With this great weekly find I found a great recipe for bathtub crayons from Young Living.  I know that with summer winding down making days get shorter and our time spent indoors longer this would be a great thing to make so that the bath time struggles are gone leaving just the fun.

These wash off walls and leaves the kids clean. ( I would do a pre test area on the wall to make sure but they should wash off leaving no mess)

DYI bathtub crayon materials:

Glycerin soap
Small bowl
Essential oil* (We love SleepyIze™, Lavender, Citrus Fresh™, and German Chamomile.)
Natural dye
Silicone molds
Instructions
Cut the glycerin soap into 1-ounce pieces.
Using a small bowl, melt a 1-ounce piece in the microwave for 15 seconds. Continue heating for 3-second increments until the soap is fully melted.
Add 1–2 drops of essential oil.
Pour the glycerin mixture into the mold until it’s almost full. Avoid filling the mold to the brim, so the soap doesn’t spill over.
Add about 10 drops of dye to each individual mold—or as many drops as needed for your desired color—and gently stir to blend in the dye.
Repeat for as many colors as you want.
Let your crayons dry in the molds for 24 hours.
Start coloring!
YL TIP: Do you use bath time as another way to help your little one unwind before bed? Pick the perfect essential oils to create a relaxing atmosphere! Be sure to add SleepyIze or Lavender for a calming aroma that will prep junior for bedtime.

*While some essential oils in this recipe appear in our KidScents® line and are diluted and formulated for children, please note that we recommend additional dilution for use with infants and very young children.

 

If you are interested in essential oils please visit my web site or contact me with any questions.

myyl.com/gwynsch

 

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Coco/Peppermint Fudgsicles

I was reading Young Livings recipes on cooking with essential oils and found this great recipe. The only thing I changed was I used raw honey but they turned out wonderful and on this downward stretch of summer with temps still staying pretty hot these are the perfect thing to cool you down.

So easy and things most of us have on hand, it only takes a little patience to wait as they set up.

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Coco/Peppermint Fudgsicles
1 14 oz can of coconut milk

1/3 cup of Coco powder

2 Tablespoon of coconut oil

2 Tablespoon of raw honey

1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Pour into molds, place in freezer for about 3 hours to set up.

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Posted in Crafts, essential oils, Green Cleaning Tips, Health and beauty

DIY Bath-time Jellies

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I found this great DIY recipe on Yong Living’s site and thought with holidays around the corner or just for fun this is a great easy thing to make.

DIY essential oil bath jellies:
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Ingredients:
Natural coloring
An essential oil blend from our 5 splashy summer ideas below
Silicone molds
2 packets unsweetened, unflavored gelatin
1 cup distilled water
1 cup unscented liquid soap
Isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle
Directions:
Whip the water and gelatin in a heat-safe bowl or pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Take off the heat and add the liquid soap. Stir until incorporated.
Add 5-10 drops of natural coloring.

Add 10-12 drops of essential oil. Try one of our cheerful blend ideas below!
Pour the mixture into silicon molds.
If bubbles form on the top of the liquid, spray with isopropyl alcohol to smooth the surface.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Add water and lather up!
Store jellies in the refrigerator when not in use to prevent them from melting and losing their shape.

Splash-tacular Bath Jelly Blends

Sweet Escape
5 drops Orange essential oil
4 drops Stress Away™ essential oil blend
3 drops Copaiba essential oil

Malibu Sunrise
4 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend
4 drops Grapefruit essential oil
2 drops Tangerine essential oil
1 drop Peppermint essential oil
Beach Vibes
4 drops Jade Lemon essential oil
3 drops Neroli essential oil
2 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood™ essential oil
2 drops Nutmeg essential oil

Faraway Fantasies
3 drops Jasmine essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Clary Sage essential oil
2 drops Patchouli essential oil
High-Altitude Adventures
3 drops Valor® essential oil blend
3 drops Elemi essential oil
2 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil
1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil

If you are interested in essential oils or any of these blends you may find them

DIY essential oil bath jellies
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Ingredients:
Natural coloring
An essential oil blend from our 5 splashy summer ideas below
Silicone molds
2 packets unsweetened, unflavored gelatin
1 cup distilled water
1 cup unscented liquid soap
Isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle
Directions:
Whip the water and gelatin in a heat-safe bowl or pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Take off the heat and add the liquid soap. Stir until incorporated.
Add 5-10 drops of natural coloring.

Add 10-12 drops of essential oil. Try one of our cheerful blend ideas below!
Pour the mixture into silicon molds.
If bubbles form on the top of the liquid, spray with isopropyl alcohol to smooth the surface.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Add water and lather up!
Store jellies in the refrigerator when not in use to prevent them from melting and losing their shape.

Splash-tacular Bath Jelly Blends

Sweet Escape
5 drops Orange essential oil
4 drops Stress Away™ essential oil blend
3 drops Copaiba essential oil

Malibu Sunrise
4 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend
4 drops Grapefruit essential oil
2 drops Tangerine essential oil
1 drop Peppermint essential oil
Beach Vibes
4 drops Jade Lemon essential oil
3 drops Neroli essential oil
2 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood™ essential oil
2 drops Nutmeg essential oil

Faraway Fantasies
3 drops Jasmine essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Clary Sage essential oil
2 drops Patchouli essential oil
High-Altitude Adventures
3 drops Valor® essential oil blend
3 drops Elemi essential oil
2 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil
1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil

If you are interested in learning about essential oils or in purchasing them you may reach me at.  https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

You may also find hundreds of healthy products to try.

Thank you and enjoy

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Spring Cleaning

I know it has been awhile since I found some great finds to share but I realized that I use my essential oils daily but I don’t talk much about them online. So I thought every Tuesday and/or Thursday when I share my great finds that I will share interesting facts and recipes pertaining to essential oils.

Today I am going to share part of my Thieves cleaning kit. (I have older post about thieves and how great it is to clean with and all the other uses for it.)

I was so excited when I received my kit. I don’t know what it is about kits but I feel like a kid on Christmas when I get something that comes all together. With this kit comes a nice bucket, a white cloth, a spray bottle, a 10.4 oz Thieves cleaner, small booklet that gives recipes on how to clean with out toxins and 5 essential oils in a red bag.

 

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As you  can see you get a lot so you can start cleaning your whole home with just a few items that last a lot of months.

Todays All-purpose cleaner recipe can be used from countertops to the bathroom and everything in-between.

 

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All-Purpose Cleaner:

Yield: approximately 16 fluid ounces

1 capful thieves Household Cleaner

2 Cups of water

Combine ingredients and store in a glass spray bottle. Spray surfaces liberally and wipe clean.

OPTIONAL add a few drops of pine, lemon, purification or tea tree essential oil.

This is safe to use around  babies and pets and you don’t have to worry about chemicals.

You will find this and many more recipes on a safe alternative way to clean on Young Living’s blog (if you are a member.) If you are interested on purchasing any products or becoming a member or perhaps you have questions you may go to my website or email me.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

 

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Thieves Essential Oil

This weeks great find is from Young Living. One of their essential oil blends that I really love and use is Thieves.

Legend has it that in the 15th-century, French authorities offered leniency to a group of thieves in exchange for their secret aromatic mixture. Their formulation of powerful botanicals was believed to protect them while they pillaged communities.
Centuries later, we know that their secret blend of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals contained powerful, naturally derived constituents that may have protected this band of bandits. Legend or no, Thieves® Vitality™ and our plethora of Thieves products, with the powerful essential oils of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary, provide both wellness support and the power to care for your home without synthetics or harsh chemicals.

This is worth checking into with the dreaded season of colds/flu that is upon us. I have used this product for years with great success by using it to clean with out the harsh chemicals and it keeps me healthy.

You may find the oil blend and the whole Thieves line at my website that I have below.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

 

Posted in essential oils, Health and beauty

Skin Moisturizer

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3 ingredient moisturizer

 

I always like to use natural products for my skin or cleaning but I also enjoy making them myself.

I have found a very easy three ingredient moisturizer that is amazing if you have dry skin and a few moments then give this a try, you will be amazed at the results.

Ingredients:

Aloe Vera Gel

Coconut Oil (make sure you use organic unrefined)

Lavender essential oil

1/2 cup Coconut oil ( melted down)

1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel

15-20 drops of Lavender essential oil

After you have melted down the coconut oil pour into a bowl adding the aloe vera gel and lavender. Stir together and place in containers with a lid. Store in cool dry place.

 

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Finished Product

If you would like to know more about essential oils or purchase products you may find them at my web site that I provided below.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

 

Posted in essential oils, Health and beauty

Natural Nose Spay

Yes spring is in full bloom ( at least in my part of the world) but with it comes the dreaded allergies.

I worked for years in an ENT office. When I would give info to my patients I found it was always the simple home remedies that usually worked best.

This is easy to make, does not take long and can be used when needed with out side effects. (Its always best to consult your physician before starting any home remedies)

Nasal spray bottle

Salt

Essential oils :

4 drops of Frankincense, 6 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Melaleuca tea tree

distilled water

To make this put a pinch of salt in bottom of spray bottle add the essential oils let the oils absorb into the salt then add the distilled water to top of bottle.